Saturday, January 31, 2015

Calls needed - Common Core Safe Harbor Bill

An important message from Heidi Huber of Ohioans Against Common Core: 

House Moves to Offer Safe Harbor from PARCC for Ohio Students

January 29th - HB7 filed by Representative Jim Buchy

This bill will protect your child from repercussions of opting out of the 2014-2015 state achievement tests and EOC exams.  
  1. Prohibits 2014-2015 PARCC scores from being utilized for promotion or retention now, or at any point in a child's education career.
  2. Provides option to take the End-of-Course exams (currently PARCC & AIR) at any time within the student's high school career, or opting to never take EOC exams, instead choosing one of the other options to earn their high school diploma; e.g., a remediation free ACT/SAT score, passage of an approved job skills assessment, or earning an Honors diploma.
Protect your children and their data!
  • Get opt-out forms and information here.
  • Call your representative and ask him or her to support HB7 by signing on as a co-sponsor.
  • If your Rep has committed to being a co-sponsor, use your call to thank him or her.
  • Don't know your State Representative's name? Look-up by Zip Code HERE.
  • Call the House switchboard at this number: 800-282-0253.
Excerpts from HB7:

"To amend section 3302.036 and to enact section 3301.0728 of the Revised Code to prohibit individual student scores from certain elementary and secondary achievement assessments administered for the 2014-2015 school year from being used to determine promotion or retention or to grant course credit, to make changes regarding the administration of high school end-of-course examinations, and to declare an emergency."

"This act is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. The reason for the necessity is that immediate action is needed in order to address in a timely manner issues related to the administration of state elementary and secondary achievement assessments for the 2014-2015 school year." 

In Liberty, 
Ted Stevenot
Ohio Rising, Inc. 

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